Welshpool tug of war

City of Canning Commissioner Linton Reynolds and CEO Lyn Russell. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d405250
City of Canning Commissioner Linton Reynolds and CEO Lyn Russell. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d405250

Commissioner Linton Reynolds said the industrial estate brought in almost $10 million in rates but had been split between the proposed Victoria Park/South Perth council and Belmont/Kalamunda council, leaving Canning with just a small section.

He said there was an option for councils to ask for small changes to the new boundaries and the City would mount a strong argument to keep a bigger portion of Welshpool.

‘Welshpool has been a part of Canning since the council was established in 1871 and it does not make sense that it goes across to an expanded council that is already well provided for,’ he said.

‘Revenue-wise the portion going to Belmont brings in $4.2 million and the portion going to Victoria Park/South Perth brings in $5.2 million.

‘They contribute to the financial viability of council because industrial estates do not usually require as much spent on them as they bring in.

‘The Premier made it clear that there was no chance of major changes to the new boundaries but there was an option for small alterations, so we will focus on not losing the Belmont section of the industrial estate.’

Mr Reynolds said the amalgamated council would have about 170,000 residents and he was worried that councillors and adminstrators would lose touch with the public.

‘I believe a ward system would be the best form of representation,’ he said.

‘Ideally, one councillor per ward.

‘But we could use a similar system to when I was at Armadale, which had two councillors per ward.’